Liverpool’s Great Howard Street will be closed to inbound traffic for four weeks under the latest phase of a £22m upgrade.
Contractor Osborne, which started preparatory works last summer, has now kicked off the next phase of works on the scheme; this will see Great Howard Street become a full dual carriageway once the scheme completes in autumn 2019.
The road links the centre of Liverpool to the north of the city and travels past major regeneration areas including Ten Streets, Liverpool Waters and Everton’s proposed Bramley Moore Dock stadium
Under the latest package of works, the road will be closed to inbound traffic between Blackstone Street and Leeds Street, with traffic diverted via Boundary Street and Vauxhall Road.
Work already carried out includes a new bridge, completed in 2017, which was designed to support freight traffic for the Liverpool Superport, and a new wall to improve access to the Stanley Flight canal lock system, which sits within Liverpool’s World Heritage site.
The project has been funded by the Local Growth Fund, and the overall investment package of road improvements in the north Liverpool area is worth more than £100m.
Cllr James Noakes, cabinet member for highways said: “The North Liverpool corridor is a hugely complex highways scheme involving an immense amount of engineering works on two major roads at the same time.
“To ensure traffic flows this scheme can only be carried out by a phased approach which means some weeks there are full road closures and some weeks just lane closures.
“We really appreciate the patience of motorists as these essential works are carried out and fortunately there are other alternative routes. Of course, schemes of this nature cause disruption but the long term gains of this investment in north Liverpool’s infrastructure are going to help redefine our city’s economic future.”